How far is too far?

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True love knows no boundaries.

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When Rodan’s partner and true love Malena was shot in Croatia, he left her with the Vokics and took their young family to spend the winter in South Africa.  Doctors and the Vokic family didn’t expect Malena to survive through that first winter, but she surprised them all.  And also to their surprise, Rodan made the 13,000 kilometres journey back in the spring to reconnect with Malena – and has every spring since.

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Rodan and Malena are white storks, and while the species is not always monogamous, these two have proven time and again that they are meant to be.  Malena was shot through the wing by hunters, and although her life was saved by local veterinarians and by the family that nursed her back to health, the tragedy left her unable to fly.

The couple continues to mate and every year, Rodan teaches the young to fly (traditionally the mother’s duty) and in the winter he accompanies the brood to warm and sunny South Africa.  Malena waits patiently for him to return to her backyard home in the spring.

Who says that birds aren’t romantic?

Can all the creatures of earth find and feel a love such as this?

(the original article and another photo can be found here)

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3 Responses to “How far is too far?”

  1. The Transformation Movement « Beyond Belief and Reason Says:

    […] the genetic orientation we have as living things (which was neat for me because Shannon did a Happy News story about a couple of storks in love a little while ago). But, a conscious brain is essentially unsatisfied with the genetic routines in […]

  2. The Transformation Movement « MyGod Says:

    […] the genetic orientation we have as living things (which was neat for me because Shannon did a Happy News story about a couple of storks in love a little while ago). But, a conscious brain is essentially unsatisfied with the genetic routines in […]

  3. Rose Naomi Says:

    Hi Shannon,
    I sure did like that story; and you had me hooked from the start – I thought you were writing about a couple of ‘human’love birdsa t first. Wonderful, thank you!!!

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